There are definitely problems with the indexed 1940 Census. When this census
first became available, without the index, I was able to find me and my parents,
living with another family in Hartford, CT, when I searched the index by street
address. Now that the index is available, neither my parents and I, nor our
host family appear to be listed.
After much searching, I was finally able to find myself, but instead of Werner
HIRSCH, I was listed as "Wenner Hirach." My mother Else was listed as "Alee,"
and the host family's name KARLINER was listed as "KOBILNER." Elsewhere in the
census, my father-in-law, Louis, was listed as "Imes" and my mother-in-law,
Helen, was listed as "Achin."
Searching the index for other names as well, I found that I got the best results
when I entered as few letters as possible in the name field, with wild cards,
and entering the place of residence, when known, and the year (approximate is
OK) and country of birth.
New Haven, CT
From: Debbie Skolnik <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2012 13:45:56 -0700 (PDT)
I have not been able to find my grandparents, Tillie and Jacob Gerber,From: Steven Bachenheimer <email@example.com>
Sent: Saturday, August 18, 2012 8:34 PM
I think the simplest explanation is that they weren't enumerated.